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Everyone loves some good SceneryPorn every now and then. It's a wonderful means of immersion. If the creators make a background and scenery vibrant and detailed enough, you might even be able to convince yourself that you're actually there!

...Wait a second, is that my house?

Congratulations, you have just encountered the Real Place Background — a subset of Scenery Porn where the scenery in question is based on a real location. This goes beyond just simply making use of notable landmarks. Sometimes every building, storefront, stairway and streetpole will be lovingly re-created for the purposes of the show, no matter how inconsequential.

Locations used for this purpose tend to become the subject of {{otaku}} "pilgrimages", a prime example being the Washinomiya shrine which is used in ''LuckyStar''.

This is far more common in TV shows, comics and games that are set in real places (e.g., [[BigApplesauce New York]], [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]], or [[GayParee Paris]]).

See NoCommunitiesWereHarmed when the setting is highly recognizable, but never gets mentioned by its proper name. Even a mix is possible, when the town is never mentioned by name, but settings like train stations or streets are. Attention to detail in backgrounds is one possible aspect of ShownTheirWork.

Not to be confused with GISSyndrome.
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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* KyotoAnimation is quite well known for this, to the point that fans have managed to track down the location and angle of the place on which the background of individual scenes were based.
** ''[[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/nishinomiya-hyogo-home-of-the-melancholy-of-suzumiya-haruhi/ The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''
*** Nagaru Tanigawa made their work much easier in this case, lovingly describing the various locations in his hometown of Nishinomiya (even if he never named it explicitly), where the novels take place, in great detail. [=KyoAni=] people only needed to make a weekend visit to take pictures -- it's about one hour from Kyoto by train.
** ''[[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/locations-of-kanon/ Kanon]]''
** ''[[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/mizuho-tokyo-home-of-clannad/ Clannad]]''
** ''[[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/kyoto-region-home-of-k-on/ K-On!]]''
*** ''K-On!'' does this in two ways: the unnamed city is [[http://infinitemirai.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/k-on-map.jpg based on Kyoto]], but since it's stated that the city is not Kyoto, no famous landmarks are shown (the girls subsequently visit Kyoto in a ClassTrip). The school's interior and exterior are the [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/toyosato-high-school-home-of-k-on/ Toyosato Elementary school]], which is located in the small town of Toyosato (50 km from Kyoto).
** ''Manga/LuckyStar''
** The Usagiyama shopping district in ''Anime/TamakoMarket'' is based on the [[http://likeafishinwater.com/2014/04/18/demachi-masugata-shotengai/ Demachi Masugata Shoutengai]] in Kyoto.
* ''Manga/{{BECK}}'' does this a lot during their tour of America. And seems to have ShownTheirWork.
* The series ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' recreates much of the city in which it is set — sometimes disturbingly so. (That vending machine Shizuo uprooted and tossed around in Ep. 3 ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rY3exryGq8#t=6m0s actually exists]].'') People have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_6EMZYOf74 even made montages]] of the many suspiciously familiar places they've found in the anime.
* According to fans of ''Anime/GunsmithCats'', you can tell when its location scouting in Chicago was done by the state of repairs on some of the buildings.
* ''Anime/{{Kamichu}}'' does this with Onomichi in the Hiroshima prefecture. See [[http://www.onomichiguide.com/kamichu.html here]]. Of course, everything looks a little newer in the anime—it's set in the period between spring 1983 and spring 1984.
* ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'' for Washington, D.C.
* ''Anime/SoraNoWoTo'''s Seize is based off [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/cuenca-spain-home-of-sora-no-woto/ Cuenca, Spain]]. Fans have even gone there to take photos of locales shown on the anime.
* Naoki Urasawa's ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' takes you mostly through the scenery of the [[CommieLand former Communist bloc]], like Germany and Czechoslovakia, as it tries to unravel the mystery of Johan's creation and his past, though some other settings occur as well, such as Southern France.
** You can find his references for some of the streets and buildings[[http://erich-springer.livejournal.com/tag/monster%20guide here]].
* Most iterations of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' do this, at least before the places in question get torn apart by {{kaiju}}. Some of the best examples are the Fuji TV station in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and the extensive scouting of Shinjuku's surrounds in ''Anime/DigimonTamers''.
** This is more noticeable in ''Digimon Tamers'', because took place mostly in the real world, it contained many Real places. Some examples: [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_082.jpg Guilmon's hideout]], [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_107.jpg Henry's apartment building]], [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_059.jpg Takato and Henry's school]], [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_114.jpg The street Takato lives]], and [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_051.jpg the park Takato, Kazu and Kenta played in]].
* ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'' takes place in Kawasaki, Japan, and matches it shot for shot. The art style of Sunred might not be the one usually associated with this trope, but the locations are all too real.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Mahora obviously has no real world counterpart]], but as a whole it's a composite of many real-world places. For instance, the Mahora Bell Tower, pretty much ''is'' the bell tower of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_cathedral Florence Cathedral]].
** There's also a flashback that takes place in Istanbul (not Constantinople), Turkey, and the background is a very close reproduction of [[http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/6215/orto2852006.jpg the Istanbul skyline]]. Also note that the only way to tell that this takes place in Istanbul [[GeniusBonus is to recognize the background]], because it isn't actually mentioned.
* The town of Kamakura, in the Kanagawa prefecture in Japan, is popular as a setting for various anime and manga series, due to its extensive seaside beaches and numerous historic sites with lots of ShrinesAndTemples. Some notable series taking place there are:
** ''Manga/ElfenLied''. Lucy winds up on Yuigahama beach. The stairs of the Gokuraku-ji shrine get a lot of screen time, up to and including the emotional ending. Enoshima island and the Benten bridge leading up to it are used for the ultimate battle in the anime, with lots of screen time for the [[LighthousePoint Enoshima Light House Observatory]].
** ''Anime/UtaKata''. Most of the attention is on the shrines, parks and temples within Kamakura itself. Enoshima island and its tower form the backdrop of one of the more dramatic episodes. And then there are the [[BeachEpisode two episodes in which the main characters head for Yuigahama beach]].
** ''Manga/AoiHana'' features Kamakura's local train service, Enoden, since the characters use it to travel around. Enoshima island and the Benten bridge are shown as well, but the show gains bonus points for having a scene in the Iwaya cave. The "Milk Hall", the show's main hangout spot, is a real location and the famous ''Manga/ElfenLied'' stairs are also shown, this time in a more romantic setting.
** ''Manga/TwinSpica'' takes a more stylistic approach, although the shorelines and the Yuigahama boulevard where Asumi goes jogging are clearly recognizable.
** In ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'', Alpha takes a trip to Kamakura, with a very prominent view of Enoshima.
** ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' is set on Kamakura's Yuigahama Beach.
** ''Manga/AChannel'' has the obligatory BeachEpisode, in which the girls take the very recognizable Enoden train ride to their destination.
** ''Anime/{{Tsuritama}}'' is explicitly set at Enoshima.
** The events within ''Anime/TariTari'' are also set in Kamakura, particularly around [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/sakuchu-enoshima-island-home-of-tari-tari/ Enoshima]].
** ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', which usually takes place in the fictional Kibougahana, has the characters visit Kamakura, which also happens to be Tsubomi's former hometown, for an episode.
** ''Manga/{{Hanayamata}}'' takes place in Kamakura and Enoshima.
** In Manga/TenYoriMoHoshiYoriMo, the last volume takes place in Kamakura, [[spoiler: with Mio and Shou becoming a BattleCouple to protect it from an earthquake, a huge fire and then a ''tsunami'', [[TogetherInDeath dying in the process]].]]
* ''Manga/MahouTsukaiNiTaisetsuNaKotoNatsuNoSora'' takes place against photo-realistic real-life backgrounds. Of special note are Biei in Hokkaido, hometown of the main character Sora, and the hip Tokyo neighborhood of Shimokitazawa. In one episode Sora and Kohta also [[spoiler:go on a date]] in Kamakura.
* ''Manga/{{Amanchu}}'' largely takes place in the town of Ito on the Japanese Izu peninsula, which is known for its abundant hot springs. The big building at the shore where the cast gets together a few times is a well-known local landmark.
* ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' is set on one of the subtropical Japanese Amami-Oshima islands. It doesn't get any explicit mention though until the DVD special.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' is big on this. All three major localities the TV show takes place in, [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]], Sapporo and [[AliensInCardiff Vladivostok]], were painstakingly researched to the point where indeed it was possible to pinpoint the time the references were taken by the state of specific buildings alone.
** To the point that it explicitly binds the action to January 2008. The large-scale redevelopment that begun in Summer 2008 in preparation to 2012 APEC summit, has changed the downtown Vladivostok to the extent that it would be impossible to miss, had the action happened any later.
* ''LightNovel/AsobiNiIkuYo!'' is set in Okinawa. The credits reveal that the staff worked with the Okinawa tourism board, and does it ever show. There is almost no part of the show that's not showing off the island, its wildlife and its attractions at one point or another.
* ''Anime/{{Tamayura}}'' takes place in [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/takehara-home-of-tamayura-hitotose/ Takehara]], a small seaside town of in the Hiroshima prefecture of Japan, not far from ''{{Kamichu}}'''s Onomichi. The town is rendered with painstaking detail, up to and including touristic signs.
* ''Anime/{{Fractale}}'' contains detailed shots of the west of Ireland, and the town in episode 2 is a lot like Galway.
* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' featured locations that were accurately based on real locations.
* ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'' used actual railway stations.
* ''Anime/HanasakuIroha'' is set in a town modelled after Yukawa. Comparison pictures can be found [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/kanazawa-ishikawaga-home-of-hanasaku-iroha/ here]]
* The girls from ''Manga/IchigoMashimaro'' live in the town of [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Hamamatsu Hamamatsu]], in Japan's Shizuoka prefecture. The artist loves to sneak in references, like maps and local landmarks, and sometimes even mentions them by name.
* Many of the locations in ''Manga/YubisakiMilkTea'' are real places in Tokyo, often surprising detailed drawn. A collection of pictures of the real places can be seen [[http://natsukan.net/0034yubisakiMilkTea/?id=all here]].
* ''Manga/{{Yuritetsu}}'' is about four girls which form a railway club and naturally goes by real trains to real stations and sights all over Japan. Their local station Yurigasaki-Joshikoumae is a renamed Hino Station on the Chūō Main Line in Tokyo, but the other places goes by their real names, be it the big Ueno Station in Tokyo or the secluded Koboro on Hokkaido. And since one of the girls, Hakutsuru Tsurumi, is a fan of a series which is obvious K-on they are also visiting the above mentioned Toyosato Elementary School, which certainly look like Yui & Co could come in any other minute.
* ''Anime/NatsuiroKiseki'' takes place in Shimoda, a seaside town on Japan's Izu peninsula. The show is rife with [[SceneryPorn shots of the town's eye-catching surroundings]].
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is largely set in the Azabu Juuban district of the Minato ward of Tokyo. There is ever a fan produced book on the topic of how heavily the show draws from the area ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Legend-Reflections-Japan-Sailor/dp/1419608142 Warriors of Legend: Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon]]''.
* ''Manga/{{Joshiraku}}'' the second short have the girls visiting various places in Japan while providing some trivia about the location.
* ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' uses places in the Tsukishima Area in the Chuo-ward of Tokyo as a reference for the setting, particularly the Tsukishima and Tsukuda districts. The author even marks the locations she used in the omake.
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' is set in and around the port city of Oarai, including one episode where a battle took place in its streets. In a case of TheRedStapler, it has caused a three-fold increase in tourism to the town.
* The anime of ''LightNovel/KamisamaNoInaiNichiyoubi'' has two notable examples. The Valley of Death arc displays the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pont_du_Gard Port du Gard]], a Roman aqueduct located in France, and at the beginning of the Class 3-4 arc, the characters briefly visit a church based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Peter%27s_Basilica Saint Peter's Basilica]], which is also shown in the opening.
* The setting of ''[[Manga/BokuraNoKiseki Bokura no Kiseki]]'' is based on [[http://www.talesyotsuba.com/article/370342937.html Sendai, Miyagi]].
* The bridge in ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' is based on a real bridge located in Tokyo's Arakawa ward. In the anime, some shots even contain the Tokyo Skytree under construction.
* ''Anime/{{Glasslip}}'' takes place in Mikuni, a small seaside town in Japan's Fukui prefecture.
* The town in ''Manga/GochuumonWaUsagiDesuKa'' is modeled after Colmar in the French Alsace region. It also contains some locations from nearby Strasbourg. Since most depicted customs are Japanese, this leads to [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield confusion about the actual country the town is supposed to be in]].
* The vicinity of Tokyo-3 in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and the ''Rebuild'' films is heavily modeled on the inland town of [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Hakone Hakone.]]
* Most of ''Manga/{{Barakamon}}'' takes place on Fukue-jima, the largest and southernmost island of the Gotō Islands in the Nagasaki prefecture of Japan. Many landmarks are clearly recognizable, such as the Gotō-Fukue airport, the town of Fukue and Tomie Hospital.
* ''Anime/SoraNoMethod'' uses real locations from Tōyako, a town in the Hokkaido prefecture of Japan, and Sapporo. Lake Toya, a volcanic caldera lake in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, can often be seen as a backdrop.
* Several Western suburbs of Tokyo, such as Musashino, Kichijoji and Mitaka right next to them, are popular among the various anime studios as locations for their [=HQs=] in RealLife (Creator/HayaoMiyazaki isn't nicknamed [[FanNickname The Lord of Mitaka]] for naught), so they sometimes end up as settings due to [[WriteWhatYouKnow their familiarity to the animators]]:
** The anime of ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' uses many locations from Musashino and Kichijoji, especially the train stations. Additionally, Sachiko's family apparently has a summer home in Karuizawa, a resort not far from Tokyo, and in the last episode Touko and Yumi travel to Chichibu (which is also the setting of ''[[Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay AnoHana]]''). Also of note are the faithful depictions of Rome, Pisa and Florence in the {{OVA}}.
** PAW's ''Anime/{{Shirobako}}'' is an [[MostWritersAreWriters animation industry-themed]] WorkCom set in ''Musashino'' Animation studio, so it shows a lot of local scenery (including a building of the studio itself, which is a real one), Musashino and Kichijouji train stations with their shopping arcades, the nearby Inokashira park and Benten shrine in Mitaka, etc. It is also full of other {{Shout Out}}s to various animation-industry locales around Greater Tokyo.
* ''Anime/YoureUnderArrest'' is an another WorkCom, this time about the [[PoliceProcedural traffic police department]] in the Bokuto district of the Tokyo's Sumida ward, and portrays the various Eastern Tokyo locations, including the Tokyo Monorail, quite fathfully.[[note]]Except in real life Bokuto doesn't ''have'' a police precinct, being served by the ones in nearby districts.[[/note]] The promotional poster to the second seson even features the leading girls against the beauty shot of the iconic red-railed Azuma bridge near the Asakusa station, with the Sumida Ward office and the infamous Golden Turd[[note]]An enormous gold-colored and vaguely poop-shaped sculpture atop of the Asahi Brewery flagship beer hall, that is supposedly a flame blown by the wind[[/note]] prominently featuring in the background (though not the Tokyo Sky Tree, which was built more than a decade later).
* ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' is a loving and meticulously detailed recreation of the much of Greater Tokyo area, from Kamakura and Yokohama to the south to Musashino to the west and so on, in the CosyCatastrophe AfterTheEnd setting. Yokosuka may be completely submerged by the rising sea levels, but its streetlights are still getting on every night — ten meters underwater.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Many of the locations in ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' are based on actual UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} landmarks and businesses. This is preserved in TheFilmOfTheBook, which filmed on location wherever possible, including hunting down the hole-in-the-concrete-wall apartment author Bryan Lee O'Malley used to live in.
* The world of CalvinAndHobbes is based on the artist's home town, Chagrin Falls, OH, including the suburban atmosphere and the local trees, especially in [[http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/essential.jpg this large graphic that appeared on the back of an early collection]].

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* ''Pinball/HighSpeed'' has the playfield freeways labeled after their RealLife counterparts — the Bayshore Freeway (route 101), the Santa Monica Freeway (interstate 10), and the San Diego Freeway (interstate 5).
* The backglass for ''Pinball/{{Checkpoint}}'' features Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle in the background.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA'' featured a rather extensive 240-square-mile re-creation of Los Angeles and its surrounding area, down to the individual street names and landmarks.
** ''VideoGame/LANoire'' does this for the LA of 1947.
* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series, starting with ''San Andreas''. Many a player was surprised at the level of detail that went into the fictional versions of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Likewise for ''GTA IV'' and NYC.
** Not to the same extent, but present in Vice City as well. More than just Miami Beach, you can see various familiar sites driving around the city of Miami itself.
** Though quite a few features of the cities resemble [[CreatorProvincialism Scotland, where developer Rockstar is based]].
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' continues the tradition, with an all new and even more accurate recreation of Los Angeles complete with surrounding countryside, to the point that [[http://gtaforums.com/topic/491242-mapping-los-santos-buildinglandmark-analysis/ there is an ongoing fan effort to search through L.A. and beyond on Google Maps]] and find ''GTA V'' locations.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' contains a remarkably faithful recreation of Shibuya, barring the [[RuleOfCool stylish yet impossible angles of skyscrapers]] and [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed the fact that none of the stores]] [[BlandNameProduct are the brands they should be]].
* The tracks in ''VideoGame/ProjectGothamRacing 2'' are so accurate that one Scottish gamer was able to identify a store he used to frequent on an Edinburgh track.
* A lot of effort was put into replicating London in ''VideoGame/TheGetaway''. You can find the pub you burn down in real life; the screenshots are as similar as the page image.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' uses the Washington Metro area for its Capital Wasteland. Of course, the scenery is all blasted and post-apocalyptic, but there are several places where you can see what the real-life equivalent would look like if it got blown up.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is even better at this. Even the little ghost town you start the game in, Goodsprings, is a real-life location; the bar and general store are lifted straight from the real ones.
* ''VideoGame/ProjectReality' includes several real cities and locales among the map roster, such as several cities in Iraq and Lebanon.
* The ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' series contains numberous locations recreated painstakingly from the RealLife Chenobyl exclusion zone. In some cases the only differences are the distances between locations. And the mutants. We hope.
* ''Modern Warfare 2'' did this with various real life cities, most notably Washington, with running and gunning inside the White House, but in a less obvious but funnier case, there was a level of the campaign (and the Special Ops-mission "Homeland Security") made from an area with some [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTOyxsnMl0s fast-food restaurants in Vancouver]].
* In the background of one of the levels in the Japan-only PSX platformer ''TheAdventureOfLittleRalph'', a damaged [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Cathedral Florence Cathedral]] sits randomly among other ruined European-esque structures.
* ''VideoGame/KentuckyRouteZero'' is set in the real-life US state of Kentucky and the area shown on the map is a section of Interstate 65 between Elizabethtown and Bowling Green. The roads on the map actually exist and their real-life names and highway numbers are used. However, the actual locations such as Equus Oil and the burning tree are fictional.
* The ARMA II modification, [=DayZ=], uses real geography and building placement lifted from an area in the Czech Republic. The in-game map is so accurate that you can actually use it to navigate the real area.
** ARMA III is so dedicated to this, that some of the devs got in trouble when the research they were doing was mistaken for spying.
* The ''Videogame/CarolReedMysteries'' use real locations in Norrköping, Sweden as that was the creator's hometown. He and his wife would take thousands of photos of their town and use it as the setting in each game.
* Several towns in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' are based off real-life cultures. Players have spotted buildings that correspond to [[http://forums.warpportal.com/index.php?/topic/126246-journey-across-ro-and-reality/ their real-life counterparts]] that you can visit in real life.

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[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* 7th Expansion's sound novels use mostly photo-shopped filtered photos as backgrounds, so this is bound to happen.
** Hinamizawa in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' is based on [[http://punynari.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/shirakawa-go-japan-the-real-hinamizawa/ Shirakawa-Go]]. [[ParanoiaFuel Not even the real world is safe now.]]
** Umineko follows this with at least the Mansion (and probably also the garden) which is based upon a mansion in the Kyū Furukawa Gardens.
** The background photos of ''RoseGunsDays'' have been taken mostly in Paris (you can even see some French company logos if you look closely). And Club Primavera is none other than the Moulin Rouge.
* Filtered photos, this time of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_University Brown University]], are also the basis for ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'''s Yamaku Academy.
** The local geography, though, is largely based on Sendai, with Yamaku apparently sitting on the steep hill between the Sendai Zoo, the ruins of Aoba castle, and two campuses (Aobayama and Kawauchi) of Tohoku University.
* In general, any indie visual novel that utilizes filtered photos as backgrounds will invoke this.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Tom Siddell based the backgrounds of Zimmy's DarkWorld off actual locations in Birmingham.
** Hence the FanNickname 'Zimmingham'.
* Because Paul Taylor, the author of ''WapsiSquare'', has a background in photography, the backgrounds in the comic match up quite nicely with the actual geography of Minneapolis, even to the point where the fanbase can identify the exact street corner a scene is taking place at.
* ''Webcomic/OrangeMarmalade'' does this for the backgrounds, using photographs of Korea taken by internet photographers (after getting their permission) revealed in one of the bonus strips.
* ''TheLessThanEpicAdventuresOfTJAndAmal'' is full of these.
* Moperville North High School in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is based on Naperville North High School in suburban Chicago.
* ''QuestionableContent'' features locations easily recognizable by residents of Northampton and Easthampton, Massachusetts. Some realistic representations of existing stores undergo a [[FictionalCounterpart subtle name change]] : For instance, the real-life pub [[http://www.dirtytruthbeerhall.com " The Dirty Truth"]] becomes [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1464 "The Horrible Revelation"]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Apparently the design team for ''{{Spider-Man The Animated Series}}'' thoroughly researched New York and almost every rooftop has some sort of real-life counterpart.
* True for most locations in the ''WatershipDown'' animated film. This is fitting, because everywhere mentioned in the book ''is'' a real place.
* The crew of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' traveled around the world looking for the best backgrounds possible to base the show's areas off of.
* The EstablishingShot of the Griffins' house in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' features the actual Providence, Rhode Island skyline in the background.
* Creator/RalphBakshi is fond of using real photographs as the basis of the backgrounds for his films. This is especially true of his {{rotoscop|ing}}ed films, particularly ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''WesternAnimation/AmericanPop''. In some early films he even superimposes his characters against live-action footage.
* WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}} is set in a quasi-post apocalyptic version of Detroit, and as such has featured grunged up versions of actual locations, such as a [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6dfyuXpEQ1r34acco1_1280.png (slightly more) tagged up version]] of [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6dfyuXpEQ1r34acco2_500.jpg Michigan Central Station]].
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